Western Pest Services encourages public awareness of rodents during this fall and winter season.
As temperatures continue to cool across the country, rodents will begin to seek shelter from the elements, most often in homes and other structures. To promote public vigilance against rodents, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes November 16-22 as Rodent Awareness Week. We are proud to take part in this observance by educating homeowners about the threat of rodents and the possible signs of an infestation this winter.
“Rodents may be small, but they pose a number of threats to human health and property. Mice and other small rodents are most likely to cause problems in the Northeast this time of year, so it’s important for homeowners to be on the lookout for signs of these destructive pests in and around their property.”
Aside from being a nuisance, rodents are vectors of a vast array of diseases, such as Salmonella, murine typhus, infectious jaundice, rat-bite fever and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. They can also chew through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires.
Here are a few clues that rodents may be present in a home:
1. Droppings: A trail of rodent droppings is typically found in kitchen cabinets and pantries, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, and in boxes, bags and old furniture.
2. Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.
3. Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to the touch and when found on wood, tend to be light in color.
4. Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they are drawn to areas that are dark and secluded.
5. Damaged food packages: All rodents, including the common house mice and Norway rats will feed on just about anything, including: open cereals and seeds, as well as meat, fish and dry dog food.
We encourage homeowners to complete a thorough inspection of their property before the winter weather strikes. They should look for cracks or holes in the foundation, loose mortar around the basement foundation and damaged screens. No crack or hole should be overlooked as mice only need an opening the size of a dime to find a way inside.
For more information on rodents and how to protect your home from them and other pests, please visit www.westernpest.com.